…becoming a human being.

Zen Master Wu Kwang:

What does it mean to be a human being? It means someone who can fully participate in the life of a human being. If we can’t, we are not human beings. We wander in some other realms: ghost realms, demon realms, god realms, etc. And what is it to attain our freedom as a human being? People wake up to this question in many different ways. Just the other day someone said to me, “I feel like these days I am growing, expanding, and becoming more of a person than I used to be. But, suddenly I’ve discovered that sometimes I am lonely. I used to feel that I didn’t need anyone. But now I recognize I am lonely, I feel a sense of humiliation about my needs. I feel as though I have become human, and yet I am now longer free and detached from my needs and loneliness.” As Buddha said, becoming human is “no light deal!”